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David Dower

David is a co-founder of HowlRound, the artistic director of ArtsEmerson, and a Vice President at Emerson College. Priors: Z Collective, Z Space, Arena Stage.

In 2015, David Dower became the Vice President, Emerson College Office of the Arts, Co-Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, and the Stephen G. Langley Chair of Theatre Management and Production in the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College. Before this he was the Director of Artistic Programs for ArtsEmerson, since 2012. He is a Co-Founder and Contributing Editor for HowlRound. For ArtsEmerson he has directed Mala, Mr. Joy, Breath & Imagination, Baritones UnBound, and  Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Through Life. Prior he served as Associate Artistic Director for Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) where he created the American Voices New Play Institute and NEA New Play Development Program. He was also a Consulting Researcher for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (New York) and the Founding Artistic Director of both The Z Space Studio and The Z Collective (San Francisco). He developed and directed five monologues with his friend Josh Kornbluth in San Francisco. His education includes the Graduate Acting Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a BA in Political Science from American University and studies at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He resides in Boston’s neighborhood of Dorchester.

Friday Phone Call # 37
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Friday Phone Call # 37

Ed Sobel of the Arden Theatre Company

12 July 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theatre artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Ed Sobel of the Arden Theatre Company.

Friday Phone Call # 36
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Friday Phone Call # 36

Bill O'Brien of the NEA

5 July 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Bill O'Brien of the NEA.

Friday Phone Call # 35
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Friday Phone Call # 35

J.J. El-Far of Harlem Arts Festival

28 June 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: J.J. El-Far of Harlem Arts Festival.

Friday Phone Call # 34
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Friday Phone Call # 34

Harlem9

28 June 2012
Friday Phone Call # 33
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Friday Phone Call # 33

Laurie Baskin of TCG

21 June 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Laurie Baskin of TCG.

Friday Phone Call # 32
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Friday Phone Call # 32

Erik Ehn, Morgan Jenness & Melanie Joseph on This Is How We Do It

15 June 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Erik Ehn, Morgan Kenness, and Melanie Joseph on This Is How We Do It.

Friday Phone Call # 31
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Friday Phone Call # 31

Mark Clayton Southers of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

8 June 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theatre artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Mark Clayton Southers of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

Friday Phone Call # 30
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Friday Phone Call # 30

Tony Taccone of Berkeley Repertory Theatre

31 May 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Tony Taccone, Artistic Director of Berkleley Repertory Theatre.

Friday Phone Call # 29
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Friday Phone Call # 29

Peter Brosius of Children's Theatre Company Minneapolis

25 May 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Peter Brosius, Artistic Director of Children's Theatre Company.

Friday Phone Call # 28
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Friday Phone Call # 28

Tony Graham

24 May 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Tony Graham.

Friday Phone Call # 27
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Friday Phone Call # 27

Ilana Brownstein of the Playwrights' Commons Boston

17 May 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Ilana Brownstein, founder of the Playwrights' Commons.

Friday Phone Call # 26
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Friday Phone Call # 26

Cheryl Ikemiya of the Doris Duke Foundation

11 May 2012
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Friday Phone Call # 25

Braden Abraham of Seattle Repertory

10 May 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Braden Abraham of Seattle Repertory.

Friday Phone Call # 24
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Friday Phone Call # 24

Pam MacKinnon

3 May 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: director Pam MacKinnon.

Friday Phone Call # 23
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Friday Phone Call # 23

Meiyin Wang of Under the Radar

27 April 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Meiyin Wang of Under the Radar.

Portrait of Anne Bogart.
Friday Phone Call # 22
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Friday Phone Call # 22

Anne Bogart of SITI Company

19 April 2012

On this week's Friday Phone Call, David Dower speaks with Anne Bogart of SITI Company.

Portrait of P Carl.
The Dream of a Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College
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The Dream of a Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College

18 April 2012

P. Carl and David Dower outline thier plan for what HowlRound will look and function like moving forward. 

Friday Phone Call # 21
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Friday Phone Call # 21

Heather McDonald of Theater of the First Amendment

13 April 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Heather McDonald of Theater of the First Amendment.

Friday Phone Call # 19
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Friday Phone Call # 19

Brian Otaño at New Dramatists

6 April 2012

The Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists has launched some exciting voices. I talked to the three current fellows about their path to this opportunity, what they are planning for it, and where they are headed. Start following these writers now! This is call three of three.

Friday Phone Call # 18
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Friday Phone Call # 18

Jackie Sibblies Drury at New Dramatists

6 April 2012

The Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists has launched some exciting voices. I talked to the three current fellows about their path to this opportunity, what they are planning for it, and where they are headed. Start following these writers now! This is call two of three.

Friday Phone Call # 20
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Friday Phone Call # 20

Rajiv Joseph

6 April 2012

On this week's Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to playwright Rajiv Joseph about his work, Nurse Jackie, and the different places he calls his artistic home.

Friday Phone Call # 17
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Friday Phone Call # 17

Charise Smith of New Dramatists

6 April 2012

The Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists has launched some exciting voices. I talked to the three current fellows about their path to this opportunity, what they are planning for it, and where they are headed. Start following these writers now! This is call one of three.

Friday Phone Call # 16
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Friday Phone Call # 16

Peter Marks of the Washington Post

30 March 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Peter Marks of the Washington Post.

There was no Duncan to slay
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There was no Duncan to slay

Comments on Mike Daisey

23 March 2012

David Dower responds to the Mike Daisey controversy.

Friday Phone Call # 15
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Friday Phone Call # 15

Josh Kornbluth

22 March 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Josh Kornbluth.